Our guest for this episode is Charles Eisenstein — public speaker and author of several influential books, including ’Sacred Economics,’ ’The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible,’ and most recently ‘Climate: A New Story.’
In this interview, I ask Charles to discuss the themes and ideas presented in his upcoming book ‘Climate: A New Story,’ a book that "flips the script on climate change," making the "case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction," in which the global climate crisis ultimately stems from.☀︎ As someone deeply concerned about ecological crisis unfolding on this planet, I asked Charles expound on his understanding of what the planetary crisis is asking of us as a collective and as individual members of the human species. Are we going to continue to live within and act on behalf of a paradigm that disconnects us from the living planet, alienates and disconnects us from each other and the land we live on, and rationalizes the ongoing maintenance of a global economic system that demands infinite growth in order to exist? The climate crisis, and the ecological crisis more broadly, points to the deeper crisis of meaning humanity is coming up against in this time we find ourselves in. The stories we have been telling ourselves about our role on this planet no longer make sense, for very obvious reasons. The abrupt changes in the global climate system speaks to this reality.
Is humanity meant for self-destruction (an evolutionary cul-de-sac), or is this crisis pointing to something else entirely? Can we develop a right relationship and role within the living systems of this planet by beginning the sacred process of healing from the wounds we have wrought on our long journey to this moment? We discuss this and more in this episode.
Charles Eisenstein and his work has deeply influenced my thinking and understanding of the nature of the converging crises we are experiencing in this time we all share. I have to thank Charles for taking the time to speak with me for this episode, and to Marie Goodwin for setting this interview up. Charles is a teacher, speaker, and writer that focuses on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the host of the podcast ‘A New and Ancient Story,’ a podcast that engages in topics that “revolve around concepts of interbeing and ‘technologies of reunion’ — anything drawing from and contributing to a new story, including material, social, psychological, agricultural, healing, and educational ‘technologies.’”☽ He is the author of several books that expound on these topics, including ‘The Yoga of Eating,’ ‘The Ascent of Humanity,’ ’Sacred Economics,’ ’The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible,’ and most recently ‘Climate: A New Story.
- Pre-order Charles' new book ‘Climate: A New Story’ here: http://bit.ly/ClimateNewStory
- Learn more about Charles and his work at his website: https://charleseisenstein.net
- Listen to and follow Charles podcast ‘A New and Ancient Story’ here: http://bit.ly/NewAncientStory
- The songs featured in this episode are “Twelve O’Clock Shadow” and “Demon’s Lullaby” by Flako from the album Twelve O’Clock Shadow - EP.